Patient care providers should learn lessons from Aviation Safety- Prof. Paul Barach


 Patient Safety Conference at Fazaia Medical College

Patient care providers should learn lessons
from Aviation Safety- Prof.  Paul Barach

Conference recommends Patient Safety Dept. should be 
established at all health care institutions

ISLAMABAD: Prof. Dr. Paul Barach from USA an international leader of Patient Safety, quality improvement and system change from USA was the keynote speaker at the Workshop on Patient Safety organized by Fazaia Medical College, AIR University here last month. In his speech he stressed the idea of developing systems according to context. He also discussed the similarities between patient care and Aviation Safety and why this is high time for patient care providers to learn lessons from Aviation Safety. The theme of the workshop was Designing Reliable Health Care System in Pakistan.

This workshop was a part of the one day international conference on “Patient Safety” with the theme “What can go wrong and how?”  Held on 06th February, 2017.  The conference aimed at developing essentially required awareness and understanding of the mechanism that can enable the participants in designing reliable heath care processes that delivers safe and required quality outcomes.

 Vice Chancellor AIR University AVM Faaiz Amir HI, SBt, Principal FMC Maj Gen. Salman Ali, Prof. Paul Barach
members of the organizing committee of the conference on Patient Safety Prof. Brig. Rizwan Hashim,
Prof. Zaheer 
Ahmed, Dr. Bushra Anwar, Dr. Hijab Shah, Dr. Rubina Riaz, Dr. Hareem Fatima photographed
with the Minister 
for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar 
who was the chief guest in the concluding session.

Lt. General Asif Mumtaz Sukhera HI (M), Surgeon General of Pakistan was the chief guest at the conference. Addressing the participants he elaborated the administrative heath care challenges and steps that are being taken to overcome those challenges. Other speakers included Prof. Dr. Salman Ahmed Tipu, Professor of surgery at Al-Nafees Medical College, ISRA University Islamabad. He highlighted the background of informed consent with regards to National Bioethical Committee. Prof, Dr. Matti Ur Rehman, Principal and Director Riphah Health Care Improvement and Safety, emphasized the different strategies for Patient Safety. Dr. Ali Raza, working as Clinical Coordinator at Zhara Beau Naqvi Foundation Welfare Trust Islamabad, shared various perspectives regarding Patient Safety related to new born screening programs in Pakistan. Mr. Samee Ur Rehman, from World Institute of Safety and Health, emphasized effective safety and health programs to reduce work related injuries and illness. Dr. Waqar Hussain, General Manager, MEDINOSTIC Health Care, advocated the issues of Patient Safety by developing centers of simulation medicine.

The workshop was attended by 50 participants from Pakistan: Army, Navy and Air Force, local and other faculties. These included Physicians, Social Scientists, Paramedical Staff and Nurses. It was a hands on workshop on Health Care Systems, detection of their flaws and management of various issues by designing robust heath care systems and policies.

All the participants actively participated in the workshop and thanked the facilitator of the workshop Prof. Dr. Paul Barach for his guidance to understand the different aspects of Patient Safety and its related processes. At the end of the workshop the certificates were distributed to all participants.

Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar on while addressing the concluding session on February 7, 2017 appreciated the efforts of the organizers of this conference which was aimed at creating awareness and provided a platform for the stake holders to come up with standards of quality and Patient Safety in health care at national level. She said that quality health care is the right of every patient. Ministry of National Health Services fully supports this conference with the expectations and hope that it will contribute to improve patient care in the country. Air University, she opined  has taken this important initiative of promoting quality and safety in Pakistan by inviting international speaker and gathering key stake holders in health care to discuss Patient Safety issues and relevant solution.

 Principal Maj. Gen. (Retd) Salman Ali, Prof. Paul Barach photographed with the participants of the International 
Conference on Patients Safety held at Fazaia Medical College, AIR University Islamabad recently.

Principal Fazaia Medical College appreciated the efforts and support by the government, making Patient Safety as part of their practices. They also assured maintaining and developing high quality of Medical Education through Fazaia Medical College. In his concluding remarks, Vice Chancellor Air University, AVM Faaiz Amir HI (M), S. Bt. (Retd), highlighted the aspects of Aviation safety that could be implemented in Health industry. He extended his best wishes for Department of Pathology and Medical education, for their relentless efforts, which resulted in a successful conference and post conference workshop with maximum participation from Civil and Armed Forces. He also thanked speakers, participants and sponsors for facilitating and supporting this academic activity of immense public and professional significance.

Earlier  Principal Fazaia Medical College, Maj. Gen. Prof. Salman Ali HI(M) (Retd in his welcome address stressed  the need that medical colleges like Fazaia Medical College should aim to produce health care professionals who are leaders and have enabling skills to play their role to effectively provide safe health care services to the society. In his speech Vice Chancellor Air University, AVM Faaiz Amir HI(M), S Bt. (Retd) briefly highlighted the importance of conferences on topics like patient safety in health systems. He emphasized that all health care providers should be well versed with the concept of patient safety. He expressed confidence that the combined efforts of panel of experts will generate recommendations that could be materialized in local context.


The conference also finalized a set of recommendations which are as under:

  1. All health care institutions should have an established department of Patient Safety having experts in managing various aspects of Patient Safety and related issues.
  2. Awareness seminars and workshops should be conducted for MBBS and BDS faculty and students to help them understand and practice the various principles of Patient Safety.
  3. The departments of Patient Safety of various Health Sciences Institutes need to give feedback to Federal Regulatory, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination with the aim to form the evolving policy for implementation of Patient Safety rules & regulations at all levels of health care systems in Pakistan.
  4. For making desired improvements in Patient Safety, a well-recognized center is needed. The center should set the national goals for Patient Safety, track progress in meeting these goals, issue an annual report & implement required regulations and design activities to improve Patient Safety.
  5. All departments of the hospital should be required to display their Patient Safety measures.
  6. Medical superintendent of hospitals should be responsible for Patient Safety measures in the hospital. They should be facilitating these measures in all departments.
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